Tracking user activity in PHP

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My client is using the UBB Threads forum and I was recently asked to
look into adding the ability to track the activity of each of the users
to see who is more active than others. Users are identified by a

Now can this be done at the server level somehow? Or would it be easier
to include a tracking function in each page that records a per user hit

Obviously I don't want to give the server more work to do than is

Thanks in advance,

Re: Tracking user activity in PHP

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Take the value from $_COOKIE['userid'] and use it to increment a
counter in a database for the user.  Or log the user id, page,
timestamp and IP address in a database.  It depends on how much
detail you need.

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The counting would have to be done on each page, or in common
code included from each page.  I believe Apache has a capability
of specifying a header file for each PHP page in a directory so
you could use that without editing existing pages.

Client-side tracking is difficult because Javascript is Turned
Off(tm), a single user does not necessarily mean a single computer
with a single browser, and the data, being stored on the client,
isn't as accessible when you need it.

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